After much hand wringing, talking, reading, thinking, ignoring, stressing and anxiety (pretty much all on my part, my husband tends to think very logically and scientifically which allows him to not experience all the shit I do!), we have decided to get the H1N1 flu shots for our kids. I know for some, this is a no-brainer. But I am not one who gives vaccines just because I am told to. CJ still is missing a vaccine and we had to have the doctor write a letter so he could enter kindergarten. I have one child who ended up in the hospital for three days after the MMR with some serious health issues. We don't do seasonal flu shots (with the exception of once when CJ was very young and he had chronic breathing issues from newborn until about aged 2. He was on breathing treatments that entire time and we did decide to give him a flu shot that one year. We haven't since then.).
We have been lucky and to the best of my knowledge, have been flu free. I had the flu in 1997. I don't think anyone else in our house has had it since. If they did, it was so mild it just seemed like any other unknown virus. I am not ignorant enough to believe we will never get the flu. I know we, or at least one of us, will get it at some point in time. That has not been a reason for us to vaccinate. I do believe that we have some natural immunities to the seasonal flu since we are constantly exposed to it in school, work and in the general public.
That last sentence is why we have decided to vaccinate for H1N1. My kids have no exposure to this virus and have not had a chance to build up their own immune systems. They all three have a history of respiratory issues and that seems to be the bodily system that is attacked the most with this flu if it goes into complications.
I am seriously at peace with this decision. I was so relieved once we made the decision. The kids will be getting their shots in the schools - they are setting up clinics in the gyms and cafeterias and vaccinating those whose parents have submitted a signed consent form. I am unsure if MG and I will be getting the shots. I think we are old enough that we fall into that group that has some exposure from the 70's. However, I will be looking into a little more closely.
What do you plan to do? How did you make your decision, whatever that decision is? (I am not looking to have a heated debate here. Please do not attack me or anyone else for the decisions, whatever they are, we make!)
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